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Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns [Paperback]

Michael Perry
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June 25 2008
Pattern can be derived from many sources, if we remember to look closely. While patterns have been around forever, there'sa recent movement, a tendency among designers, to allow patterns to animate their work with colorful and exuberant complexity. Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns collects groundbreaking work from fifty of today's most talented designers who create patterns by hand and use them in their work in inventive and innovative ways. From Deanne Cheuk's patterns that adorn current fashion to those of Robin Cameron that explore her interest in art to Garrett Morin's patterns that arose from an exercise for a character called Eloie, the examples in this book push the boundaries of the traditional concept of what a pattern is. The selected works are often not an end result but the beginning of something else, of something bigger and broader. While the computer is sometimes involved in the production of patterns, the hand-drawn element is always evident in the uniqueness of these works. Featuring more than 250 vibrant and exciting patterns, Over and Over explores this magic on every single page and will inspire designers everywhere.

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Starred Review. Today, notes contributor Jim Datz in his intro, drawing patterns with the fallible human hand is an art perched at the treacherous meeting place of authentic human craftsmanship and a world largely defined by trendsetting and online consumption: ideas, "almost at the moment they begin, are lifted, collated, named, and marketed in a willful act of pattern recognition by today's cultural curators." Though many of the patterns collated here were designed for commercial purposes (turned into t-shirts, skate boards and other product by hip designers), they make a strong impression as art-for-art's sake. As Datz further notes, "we are pattern seeking animals," and these selections are strangely gratifying, sometimes even meditative. Many designers share the aesthetic of popular contributor Jeremyville, clearly influenced by graffiti, cartoons and Keith Haring; others, like Deanne Cheuk, opt for retro colors and a hint of kitsch. Artists like Mario Hugo and Kirk Hiatt show a sparse, modernist approach, while Dan Funderburgh creates traditional floral wallpaper designs tweaked with, say, fire hydrants and parking meters. This makes a fitting following up to Perry's well-received catalog of hand-drawn letters, Hand Job; not only does this fun roundup help define a growing subgenre, it's also a rousing introduction to more than 50 young artists.
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Michael Perry is a graphic designer and a typographer who has used patterns in his work for clients such as Zoo York, 2K, Zune, and the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and unique designs Nov. 23 2010
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I've reviewed a few books on patterns, and they are always refreshing. Over and Over is not exception.

The beautiful cover enticed me to pick it up actually. It's a 256-page paperback with everything printed non-glossy.

There's a great variety of fun looking patterns, all hand-drawn by the 55 artists featured. Everything has that organic and traditional feel, as with hand drawn art. They are all visually captivating and unique.

If you work with patterns, this book should be a good resource for new ideas.

Other good books on patterns:
- Experimental Pattern Sourcebook: 300 Inspired Designs from Around the World
- Print and Pattern
- Constellations: An Inspirational Sourcebook of Repeat Patterns

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(There are more pictures of this book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and unique designs Nov. 23 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've reviewed a few books on patterns, and they are always refreshing. Over and Over is not exception.

The beautiful cover enticed me to pick it up actually. It's a 256-page paperback with everything printed non-glossy.

There's a great variety of fun looking patterns, all hand-drawn by the 55 artists featured. Everything has that organic and traditional feel, as with hand drawn art. They are all visually captivating and unique.

If you work with patterns, this book should be a good resource for new ideas.

Other good books on patterns:
- Experimental Pattern Sourcebook: 300 Inspired Designs from Around the World
- Print and Pattern
- Constellations: An Inspirational Sourcebook of Repeat Patterns

-

(There are more pictures of this book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inspiration Oct. 3 2008
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For artists who work with pattern this book is a must have. I didn't think twice about ordering it and it's full of inspiration that will have you rushing for pen and paper. Textile artists would also benefit.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Perry will never let you down. May 19 2009
By Taylor Haynes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mike Perry is amazing. This book is another must-have for your art-inspired bookshelf. He pulls together intricate patterns/designs from different artists to build a true array of hand-drawn art. It's a great mixture of inspiring patterns and tells the story of each artist as well as the importance of hand-drawn art and illustrations. The art of handmade was getting left behind by the digital age, but artists like Mike Perry are helping to show everyone the importance of pen and ink...

To put it simply: hand-drawn is where it's at.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Feb. 21 2011
By Jamie - Published on Amazon.com
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As a graphic designer, finding inspiration is very important to me and this book does a great job in doing so. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants inspiration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool patterns March 13 2009
By Maculi Cuclin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I preffer other Perry's book "Hand Job: A Catalog of Type" but this is a great book too. There are a lot of work hand drawn and repiting by computer to obtein a pattern
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